International Istanbul Film Festival; April: Culture buffs can throw their support behind Turkey’s activities on the international film scene at this festival of screenings by film-makers from Turkey and around the world.
The Bosphorus Cross Continental Swim; July: Cheer 2,000 brave – or crazy – swimmers as they front crawl 7 kilometres (4.3 miles) across the Bosphorus Strait from the Asian to the European side. If you’re stuck for something to do, you could always register to take part yourself!
Republic Day; October: See flags from every window and street corner as citizens celebrate the birth of modern Turkey, and its founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Street parties and raucous celebrations take place well into the night.